Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. The Lakers return home after a 4-game road trip and face a Philadelphia 76ers team that has beaten them by 18 points earlier in the season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
- Start date: 23.03.2022 at 10 PM
- Location: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, LA
Los Angeles Lakers
Even though they’ve won 2 of their last 3 games, the Lakers enter tonight’s game as 7.5 point underdogs, which is concerning if you’re a Lakers fan as they’ve gone just 9-23 SU in that role so far this season.
They are coming off a big win at Cleveland though, LeBron had yet another monster triple-double of 38 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the 131-120 win over his old team. He is now leading the NBA in points per game at the age of 37 averaging 30 per game which is something nobody has ever done in NBA history.
However, his team has performed below expectations for most of the year, they enter tonight’s game after covering the spread just 4 times in 14 games. Against the 76ers they are just 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, so there’s a ton of work for them to be done here.
After resting both James Harden and Joel Embiid in a surprising win over Miami at home a couple of days ago, the 76ers should be back at full strength here which is welcome news for all of us that will be watching. Embiid and James are neck and neck in the scoring race, I expect the big man to pour in at least 35 points here as the Lakers simply don’t have a centre on their roster to slow him down.
Philly has won and covered the spread in 6 of the last 7 meetings, plus they are also 11-4 SU in their last 15 vs Western Conference opponents. With the Boston Celtics lurking behind them for the 3rd seed in the East, every game is crucial now so it’s basically a must win situation for them tonight.
I am liking the Sixers to win here, they are favoured to do so by 8 points which isn’t too much considering they beat LA by 18 already this season. They are 20-13-1 ATS in road games this year, more than good enough for me to back them. Go with Philadelphia to cover.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions & Odds
This is a dream scenario for all of those who love watching games with a ton of points, that’s exactly what I think we’ll see in tonight’s game. The Lakers enter this contest as one of the highest placed teams in the NBA, while Philadelphia has attempted the most free-throws per game since acquiring James Harden back on February 10th.
Philly has gone over in 6 of their last 7 games on the road, while the Lakers have done so in 8 of their last 11 games. For the season LA is 41-31 on the O/U, at home they are at 20-17. In their last 3 games they’ve given up an average of 123.3 points per game, that’s what happens when you start an undersized LeBron James at the centre position.
If they do so tonight against the 76ers, Embiid should be able to punish them all night long as he just overpowers LeBron in every aspect. With the two teams going back and forth on offence and the Lakers going over the total in 7 of their last 8 vs Eastern Conference teams, I think backing the over is the way to go here. So let’s back to the points.